The League of Women Voters of Nigeria have condenm that attack on the acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State who was denied access to deliver judgement by an officer attached to the Nigeria Civil Defense Corp.
Justice Elizabeth Asabe Karatu according to source had accused the Kebbi State government and legislators of not confirming her as the State Chief Judge because she is a christian, an allegation they denied.
In a statement signed by the president of Nigeria League of Women Voters, Dame Dr Esther Uduehi lamented the ill-treatment meted to the female Judge in Kebbi State.
According to the statement, Nigeria League of Women Voters has received with utmost shock and disbelief a video showing a so called Civil defense officer preventing a female High Court Judge, Justice Elizabeth Karatu from delivering judgment in cases before her.
This indicates that there are efforts by powerful political forces to force her to pervert justice in the cases before her. This discrimination on the basis of religion and gender.
“We believe that Nigeria is not a Banana Republic and is too civilized a Nation to allow this type of intimidation and action against a Judicial officer who at the end of the day is the hope for the common man, and therefore must not be allowed to happen.
“We call for the intervention of the Inspector General of Police, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, The National Assembly of Nigeria and in fact the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to as a matter of Urgency investigate this matter.
“Protect Justice Elizabeth Asabe Karatu and bring the culprits to book and reassure the good people of Nigeria that the country has not descended to such a low level that such action as is portrayed in the video can take place and be allowed to go unpunished”. It added.